Cultism, drug abuse on the rise in Plateau state – Police boss

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The Plateau State Police Command yesterday raised the alarm that cultism has become another growing menace in the State, saying the police and other sister security agencies were making efforts to checkmate it as soon as possible.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Patrick Edung, who made this observation, also decried the high level of illicit drug use among youth, stressing that cultism was a growing danger in the state.

Edung bared his mind during the monthly Peace Architecture Dialogue (PAD), meeting organised by Search For Common Ground (SFCG), Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP), funded by the European Union (EU).

The Police boss lamented that the Command has in its custody a worrisome number of youths as a result of drug induced crimes ranging from rape, cultism and armed robbery.

He described unemployment as a factor stimulating youths into social vices and called on the government to provide job opportunities for the teeming youths.

Guest Speaker at the meeting, Salis Abdulsalam, said, “The use of illicit drugs among youths in this state is a major factor facilitating the breach of peace.

Abdulsalam noted that family values which were supposed to be inculcated in the youth by parents and guardians, have lost their place in the society.

The meeting had in attendance stakeholders in the state which include, Operation Safe Heaven, representative of the state’s security task force, Operation Rainbow, representative of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), youth leaders among others.

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